Minnesota enters the 2015 NBA Draft with three picks, including one first rounder (#1) and two second rounders (#31, 36). Information available includes the 2015 draft order, the history of the first overall pick, past Wolves draft day selections and trades, and other notes about Minnesota’s three draft slots.
The NBA today announced Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb trophy as the winner of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is the first Wolves player to win this award.
Wiggins, 20, received 110 of 130 first-place votes and 604 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic finished second with 335 points (14 first-place votes), and Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers was third with 141 points (three first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the media for this award,” Wiggins said. “I’d like to thank our coaches and my teammates for all they have done to help me and support me this season. I’m looking forward to taking my game to an even higher level next year and helping our team make a significant improvement.”
Wiggins led all qualified rookies in scoring with 16.9 ppg, and was 4th in steals (1.05 spg) and 5th in rebounding (4.6 rpg). He was the only rookie, and one of just 11 players, to start all 82 games this season and finished with a Wolves rookie record 2969 minutes played, second-most in the NBA (James Harden, 2981). Wiggins finished the season strong by averaging 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in April.
“Andrew’s hard work and commitment to improving his game was evident by his production on the court this season,” said Wolves head coach Flip Saunders. “We’re thrilled to see him rewarded for this dedication. Andrew has proven that he is one of our key players and a main reason why we’re excited about our future.”
Wiggins was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month four times this season, becoming the first player in Wolves history to earn the honor multiple times. He tallied a rookie-leading 31 20+ point games this season, the most such games by a rookie since Damian Lillard in 2012-13.
The 6-8 forward filled the box score with 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists April 10 at the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored a season-high 33 points Jan. 31 vs. Cleveland and added a season-high four steals in that game. Wiggins scored a game-high 31 points Jan 17 at Denver, while adding a season-high three blocks. He recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 10 vs. Portland.
As part of its support of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, Kia Motors America (KMA) will donate on Wiggins’ behalf an all-new and more capable than ever 2016 Kia Sorento LX CUV to Rock of Faith Worship Centre in the Canadian province of Ontario, where Wiggins and his family are members. Kia Motors will present a Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five 2014-15 year-end award winners as part of the Kia NBA Performance Awards. After this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 38 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA’s prestigious honors began in 2008.
The 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award is part of the Kia NBA Performance Awards, a series of oncourt performance awards. The series, in its eighth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between KMA and the NBA, and includes five of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player and Kia Rookie of the Year. The series also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month and the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month during the regular season. Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, and the Kia Optima is the league’s Official Vehicle. For more information, please visit www.kia.com/NBA.
2014-15 KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD VOTING RESULTS
|Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota||110||17||3||604|
|Nikola Mirotic, Chicago||14||81||22||335|
|Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia||3||22||60||141|
|Elfrid Payton, Orlando||3||8||40||79|
|Marcus Smart, Boston||—||1||3||6|
|Jusuf Nurkic, Denver||—||1||—||3|
|Jordan Clarkson, L.A. Lakers||—||—||2||2|
What: The Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA will hold a press conference to make a major announcement.
Who: The Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA
When: TOMORROW, Thursday, April 30
Press Conference begins at 2:30 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Target Center Main Floor
600 First Avenue North
(Media can enter through the media room entrance)
* Media workroom will be available
WHAT: Season-ending media availability with Wolves president of basketball operations/ head coach Flip Saunders.
WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2015
Media Room doors will open at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Timberwolves Media Room
600 First Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
INFO: Wolves president of basketball operations/head coach Flip Saunders will conduct a season-ending media availability session this Monday, April 20 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Please note that there will be no internet available at Target Center on Monday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced guard Ricky Rubio underwent successful diagnostic arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. The surgery was performed this morning by Dr. Richard Ferkel of Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California. Rubio is expected to make a full recovery this summer.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced center Nikola Pekovic underwent a successful debridement and repair of his right Achilles this morning. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at Ortho Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pekovic will be sidelined indefinitely. An update on his progress will be provided when appropriate.
Pekovic played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. The five-year veteran holds career averages of 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward Arinze Onuaku (Ah-rin-zay On-ooh-ah-koo) for the remainder of this season. The Timberwolves were granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot due to having four players out due to injury.
Onuaku, 27, averaged 17.5 points, on 62.2% shooting, and 12.2 rebounds in 41 games this season for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. He was named to the NBADL All-Star Game for the third consecutive season. Onuaku was signed by the Indiana Pacers on September 5, 2014 after playing with their NBA Summer League team. He was waived by the Pacers on October 25, 2014.
The 6-10 forward played in three games for the New Orleans Pelicans and two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013-14, averaging 0.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in those five games. In May of 2014, he joined the Chongqing Flying Dragons for the 2014 Chinese NBL, and averaged 28.6 points and 14.8 rebounds in 19 games. Onuaku averaged 14.8 points, on 62.8% shooting, and 10.1 rebounds for Canton in 2013-14 and 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Charge in 2012-13.
Onuaku went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft after a four-year career with Syracuse University where he averaged 9.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 134 games. He finished his collegiate career first on Syracuse’s all-time field goal percentage list at 64.8% (540-for-833).